Rachel Ritchie oversees Portland Monthly’s travel and outdoors coverage, Style, Habitat, and Long Story Short departments, and writes and edits service features and narrative stories. She also co-edits the travel and outdoors blog, Tripster. She also attempts to enforce deadlines and keep the budget balanced—much to her coworkers’ amusement.

Since coming aboard in 2009, Rachel has helped Portland Monthly earn numerous City and Regional Magazine and Society of Professional Journalists award nominations, including General Excellence awards in 2011 and 2013, and two SPJ awards for Leisure and Lifestyle Reporting (“Best Restaurants,” “The 10 of 2013”). She has also written and edited pieces on everything from culinary road trips in the Northwest to exploring the history and landscape of Mount St. Helens.

The Boston native arrived in Oregon armed with a liberal arts degree in English literature from Colby College in 2005, and joined the Portland Monthly staff after two years at SagaCity’s now-folded, much-beloved Portland Spaces magazine.

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HAPPENINGS

Fall Design Events

The season of design is upon us! We've assembled your cheat sheet to navigating a month of inspiring possibilities.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 09/30/2014
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ROAD TRIP

Northwest Wine Country Weekends

From Southern Oregon’s golden fields to the desert oasis of Walla Walla to the Willamette Valley’s verdant hills, the region's vineyards are ripe for exploring.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Emily Grosvenor, and Marty Patail
  • Published 09/26/2014
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LOCAL FOOD

The A to Z Food Lover's Guide to Oregon

This alphabetic sampler of the state's best things to eat and drink will sharpen your appetite (and appreciation) for the fertile place we call home.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Maya Seaman, Nicole Cordier, Caleb Diehl, and Sarah Richards
  • Published 09/02/2014
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Test your Northwest knowledge at Gorge Trivia Night, drink up at the Bend Brewfest, and book a night with Plate & Pitchfork.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/08/2014
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SEIZE THE SUMMER

7 Relaxing Summer Day Trips

Into short drives, easy strolls, and sweat-free escapes? There's no shame in that! Here's how to make the most of summer in your flip-flops.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Eden Dawn, Allison Jones, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail
  • Published 08/01/2014
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SEIZE THE SUMMER

8 Low-Key Oregon Adventures

The recipe for a great day will often involve a balanced blend of walking, pedaling, food, and beer.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Eden Dawn, Allison Jones, Margaret Seiler, Michael Zusman, and Maya Seaman
  • Published 08/01/2014
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EDITORS' NOTE

Celebrating Portland’s Season of the Sun

Our executive editor explores why Oregonians deserve a kick-ass summer more than any others.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/01/2014
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SEIZE THE SUMMER

10 Adrenaline-Packed Summer Days

Looking for a healthy dose of adventure? Gather your friends, pack up your gear, and make it count.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Marty Patail, and Caleb Diehl
  • Published 08/01/2014
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SEIZE THE SUMMER

Ultimate Summer Day Trips

It's time to make the most of Oregon's peak season with dozens of swimming holes, day hikes, picnic spots, and beach trips.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/01/2014
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Festival season is upon us! Make your plans to gather berries, listen to some bluegrass, watch movies in Oregon Garden, and celebrate marriage equality.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/14/2014
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WEEKEND GETAWAY

The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver B.C.

Escape to Canada's Cascadian metropolis for 72 hours of great food, chic hotels, dreamy bike rides, and city strolls—all just a few hours to the north.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2014
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HIT LIST

Cool Off with Our 6 Favorite Summer Beers

Our go-to half-dozen local brews to quench your seasonal thirst.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/01/2014
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

It's summer! Go fly a kite in Lincoln City, celebrate whiskey on Distillery Row, and join us for a Country Brunch hoedown.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/13/2014
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FIELD STUDIES

16 Perfect Trails for Exploring Mount St. Helens

Whether you're scouting for a family-friendly stroll or a three-day backpacking challenge, we've rounded up the best hiking opportunities on the volcano's west, east, and south sides.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, and Maya Seaman
  • Published 06/02/2014
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EDITORS' NOTE

The Portland Horizon's OTHER Mountain

Our executive editor meditates on the view of Mount St. Helens from her office.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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GEOLOGY

Mount St. Helens: Anatomy of an Eruption

Inside the events of May 18, 1980—and scientific insight on when it could happen again.

  • By Zach Dundas and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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COVER STORY

The Essential Guide to Mount St. Helens

We explore the mountain's top trails and campgrounds, history and lore, and take in in-depth look inside the historic eruption.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/02/2014
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Memorial Day in the valley, Festival of Flowers in Portland, new BBQ in Newberg, and wildflowers everywhere!

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/16/2014
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DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Marvel at tall ships in Coos Bay, savor wine and pears in the Columbia River Gorge, and treat mom to some TLC.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 05/02/2014
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FEATURE

Reasons to Love Portland

From poetry to poutine, from high tech to high fashion, we celebrate what makes our city the best anywhere.

  • By Randy Gragg, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Carl Abbott, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, Maya Seaman, Peter Holmstrom, Lexy Folkes, Greg Young, Rene Denfeld, Brian Doyle, Justin Hocking, and Laini Taylor
  • Published 04/25/2014
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